Don't let softener ruin your cloths
If you're a fan of quick and effective cleaning, chances are you've already fallen in love with microfibre cloths. These nifty tools can tackle dirt, dust, and grime like nobody's business. But here's a little secret not everyone knows: fabric softener and microfibre cloths should never, ever meet in the laundry room.
The dirty details
Microfiber cloths are made of fine synthetic fibers, usually a combination of polyester and polyamide (nylon). These fibers are split into even finer strands, creating a unique structure that gives microfiber its remarkable cleaning abilities. They can trap dirt, absorb moisture, and clean with precision.
Fabric softeners, on the other hand, are designed to make fabrics soft by coating them with chemicals that reduce friction between fibers. It's a wonderful idea for your fluffy towels and bedsheets, but when it comes to microfibre, it's a big no-no.
Does more bad than it does good
The problem lies in the fact that fabric softener can clog the microfiber's fine pores and gaps, effectively diminishing its cleaning prowess. The chemicals in fabric softener create a layer on the cloth that hinders its ability to absorb liquids and capture dirt. This results in less effective cleaning and leaves you with a cloth that's lost its superpower.
Another issue is residue buildup. Over time, fabric softener chemicals accumulate in your microfiber cloths, creating a greasy, sticky layer that not only reduces their cleaning efficiency but can also transfer to the surfaces you're cleaning, leaving streaks.
No one likes a broken cloth
Fabric softeners can cause your microfiber cloths to shed lint as the chemicals break down the cloth's fiber, making it more susceptible to fraying. Additionally, fabric softeners can trap odours in the cloth rather than neutralising them.
Best practice for washing is best
To keep your microfibre cloths performing at their best, avoid using fabric softener when washing them. Instead, opt for warm water and a gentle washing cycle. Ensure you use lower temperature settings and wash your microfiber cloths separately to prevent lint transfer. This way, you'll keep your cleaning buddies in top-notch condition and maintain their incredible cleaning abilities.